Your StoriesRe: Greetings from the Irish Riviera
- 06/16/12 Greetings from the Irish Riviera - posted by Nick & Tanya - catalinapilot<at>hotmail.com
This is way off topic, but:
I live just a few miles from Rumson. "The shore" means the New Jersey beaches and adjoining towns, while "the beach" means those on Long Island. There are other great expressions, such as "bennies," meaning obnoxious weekend visitors to the shore. The TV series "Jersey Shore" depicts bennies.
The true local beach haven for Irish-Americans is none of these places but Breezy Point in Queens, which is also called the Irish Riviera. According to Wikipedia it "has the nation's 2nd highest concentration of Irish-Americans, at 60.3% as of the United States Census, 2000 (Squantum, in Quincy, Massachusetts, is #1, at 65%)." I would have said more like 90%.